Dr Oriola Sallavaci

Senior Lecturer

Faculty:Faculty of Business and Law

Department:School of Economics, Finance and Law

Location: Chelmsford

Areas of Expertise: Law

Oriola specialises in the areas of criminal law and justice, evidence law, forensic sciences, EU criminal law and comparative criminal procedure. She has working and academic experience of both continental and common law justice systems.



Oriola received her LLB in 1999 and an LLM degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Tirana in 2003, followed by an MSc in Research Methods in 2007 and her PhD in Law in 2010 from Middlesex University. She is a qualified forensic expert and has completed the academic training as a Solicitor in England and Wales.

Previously, Oriola qualified as an Advocate in Albania where she taught and practised law for over five years. Before joining Anglia Ruskin University she taught law at Middlesex University, Queen Mary School of Law, Birkbeck College, University of London and University of Tirana. Her research interests are in the law of evidence, criminal justice, comparative criminal law and criminal procedure, EU criminal law, criminology and forensic sciences.

Research interests

  • Criminal law and justice
  • Comparative criminal procedure
  • Evidence law
  • EU criminal law
  • Forensic sciences

Areas of research supervision

  • Criminal law and justice
  • Criminal procedure and evidence law
  • Forensic sciences
  • EU law


  • PhD Law, Middlesex University
  • LPC, BPP University College
  • GDL-LLB, BPP University College
  • MSc Research Methods, Middlesex University
  • LLM Criminal Justice, University of Tirana
  • LLB, University of Tirana

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Senior Fellow, the Higher Education Academy
  • Member, the Law Society
  • Member, the Albanian Chamber of Lawyers
  • Member, the Forensic Science Society
  • Member, the European Criminal Law Association
  • Member, the Society of Legal Scholars
  • Member, the Socio-Legal Studies Association 

Selected recent publications

Sallavaci, O. (2018) 'Crime and Social Media: Legal responses to cyber bullying, sexting, grooming and revenge pornography' in Jahankhani, H. (ed) Cyber Criminology, Advanced Sciences and Technologies for Security Applications book series, Springer

Sallavaci, O. (2017) 'Strengthening Cross-border Law Enforcement Cooperation: the Prüm Network of Information Exchange'. European Journal of Criminal Policy and Research, DOI: 10.1007/s10610-017-9355-0

Sallavaci, O. (2017). 'Combating Cyber Dependent Crimes: The Legal Framework in the UK'. Communications in Computer and Information Science, 630, pp53-66. ISSN 1865-0929 DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-51064-4_5

Sallavaci, O. (2016). 'Streamlined reporting of forensic evidence in England and Wales: Is it the way forward?' The International Journal of Evidence and Proof, 20(3), pp235–249 DOI: 10.1177/1365712716643549

Sallavaci, O. (2016). The Impact of Scientific Evidence on the Criminal Trial: the case of DNA evidence. Routledge (paperback). ISBN 9781138665606

Sallavaci, O. (2014). The Impact of Scientific Evidence on the Criminal Trial: The case of DNA Evidence. London: Routledge. ISBN 978-0-415-72020-5.

Sallavaci, O. (2015). 'Cross border exchange of forensic DNA and human rights protection'. Forensic Science International: Genetics Supplement Series, DOI: 10.1016/j.fsigss.2015.09.035

Sallavaci, O. (2013). 'The Bayesian approach of forensic evidence evaluation: a necessary form of ‘survival’ of the ultimate issue rule. Journal of Forensic Identification, 63(5), pp539-560.

Sallavaci, O. and George, C. (2013). New proposed regime for the admissibility of expert evidence: the impact on digital forensics. International Journal of Electronic Security and Digital Forensics, 5(1), pp67-79.

Sallavaci, O. and George, C. (2013). Procedural aspects of the new regime for the admissibility of expert evidence: what the digital forensic expert needs to know. International Journal of Electronic Security and Digital Forensics, 5(3/4), pp161-171.

Recent presentations and conferences

Sallavaci, O. (2018) ‘European Forensic Science Area, Cross border cooperation and Brexit’ 8th European Academy of Forensic Science Conference, Lyon - August 2018

Sallavaci, O. (2018) ‘Reconfiguring’ the Criminal Trial: The role of DNA Evidence’ Genetic identities and identification: social issues surrounding non-medical DNA testing International Conference, Paris - October 2018

Sallavaci, O. (2017) ‘Strengthening Transnational Cooperation in Combating Terrorism and Organised Crime: Prüm Network of Data Exchange’ SLSA annual conference, Newcastle, April 2017

Sallavaci, O. (2017) ‘Combating Cyber-dependent Crimes: the Legal Framework in the UK’ 11th International Conference on Global Security, Safety and Sustainability ICGS3 London 2017

Sallavaci, O. (2016) ‘Scientific Evidence in Criminal Trials: Easing Tensions and Enhancing its Reception’ IALS WG Hart legal workshop, London, September 2016

Sallavaci, O. (2016) ‘Enhancing the Transnational Cooperation: The United Kingdom’s participation in Prüm’ UACES conference, London, September 2016

Sallavaci, O. (2016) ' Expert Evidence in Criminal Proceedings: Where now? What next?' Socio-Legal Studies Association Conference Lancaster 2016

Sallavaci, O., 2015. Streamlined Reporting of Forensic Evidence in England and Wales: the way forward? 7th European Academy of Forensic Science Conference, Prague, September 2015

Sallavaci, O., 2015. Transnational exchange of forensic DNA and human rights protection. 26th Congress of the International Society for Forensic Genetics, Krakow, September 2015

Sallavaci, O. and George, C., 2013. Admissibility of Expert Evidence and Digital Forensics. 9th International Conference on Global Security, Safety and Sustainability, London, December 2013